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Deliciously Interesting: The Story of Chocolate

Through fun storytelling, math and mindfulness, discover how important the cacao plant was to the Maya civilization & mythology while learning the history of how it evolved to become chocolate. [geography, Waldorf, travel, Hispanic, money]
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Students will learn about the origins of cacao through Mayan mythology and develop an appreciation as to why cacao seeds were considered so valuable to be used as currency. Students will be introduced to the process the cacao seeds undergo before they are ready for consumption. We will talk about how the cacao fruit was exported to Europe where it evolved to be a confectionery.  During the time allotted for discussion, students will be encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt. 
I taught at Guatemala鈥檚 first Waldorf School located in an isolated indigenous Mayan village on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The village was home to several initiatives and cooperatives which produced cacao and chocolate; hence, the inspiration for this course. Over the three years I lived on Lake Atitlan, I developed a good understanding of the local cultures which today allows me to bring Mayan mythology and imagery to the classroom. I adapted to a school play the stories of the "Popol Vuh", a Quich茅 Maya narrative about creation relayed down orally for many generations. The stories blended folklore, mythology and history and are sometimes referred to as "The Sacred Book of the Maya". My grade 4/5 class presented the play to the village community.
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** For the mindful eating exercise: 1 small piece of chocolate (could be darker than what your child usually eats), or a raisin, blueberry, grape or nut. If these edibles are not convenient for your child, I can provide additional suggestions for small bite size edibles. ** Print out of the "Maya numbers" file
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

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馃尭 The philosophy of WONDERSTAND is rooted and inspired by Waldorf education; an education that nurtures each child鈥檚 talents and creativity. We strive to cultivate students鈥 intellectual, artistic, and practical skills in an integrated and...
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